Gaskell House Blogs

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Our blog post cover everything that happens at Elizabeth Gaskell’s House from the stories discovered about objects and furnishings, to family connections and past residents. You can read about the garden and the plants we grow as well as the volunteering experience we offer to our brilliant team. The majority of the posts are written by volunteers.


DisCOVERies in Bookbinding

Last Monday, 17th Feb, a few volunteers who have been involved in restoring and repairing the house’s books, met to decide which tasks we should tackle next. During the morning we found a number of books where the spine was damaged so...

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Volunteering as a student

I knew that I was interested in volunteering during my time at the University of Manchester, so during my first week I went to the volunteering fair to meet representatives from organisations across the city. When I heard about Elizabeth Gaskell’s House...

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Sketching Elizabeth Gaskell House with Liz Ackerley

Fourteen of us,including three House volunteers, we’re lucky enough to spend a day in the beautiful calm setting of Elizabeth Gaskell’s House, sketching and watercolouring. We began in the servants hall, meeting Liz Ackerley, an accomplished urban sketcher to start learning a...

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Charlotte Brontë’s bedroom

Elizabeth Gaskell met Charlotte Brontë on 20 August 1850 at Briery Close in the Lake District, introduced by Sir James Kay-Shuttlewoth and his wife. They were immediately drawn to each other. In a letter to Ellen Nussey, written on 26 August ,...

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Uncle Peter Holland

I’ve recently been completing pen portraits of some of the members of the Holland family – Elizabeth’s uncles and cousins in Knutsford. Included among them was Peter Holland a doctor in Knutsford, brother of Hannah Lumb and uncle to Elizabeth. Its said...

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